With a name like Mongo, it has to be good

I just got back from MongoSF, which was awesome. Over 200 Mongo geeks, three tracks, and language-specific workshops all day.

I got to the conference early and took a picture of the venue... an hour later it was packed.

The highlight, for me, was Eliot Horowitz’s talk on sharding. He set up a MongoDB cluster of 25 large EC2 instances and started hammering them.

He pulled up an incredibly snazzy sharding GUI (okay, I wrote it, it’s not actually that snazzy) that displayed a row of stats for each shard. Each shard had about the same level of operations per second, so you could see that Mongo was doing pretty well distributing the data across the shards.

Eliot scrolled down to the bottom of the stats table where it showed the total number of operations per second across all the shards. The cluster was doing 8 million operations per second.

8,000,000 operations per second.

The whole audience burst into applause.

That’s about 320,000 operations per second per box, which is about what would be expected for Mongo on a powerful server (like a large EC2 instance).

Cool things about this:

  • If your app needs more than 8 million ops/sec, you can just add more machines and Mongo will take care of redistributing the load.
  • Your app doesn’t need to know if it’s talking to 1, 25, or 7,000 servers. You can focus on writing your app and let Mongo focus on scaling it.
Speaker's dinner the night before

If you missed out on MongoSF, there are a bunch of other Mongo conferences coming up: MongoNY at the end of May and MongoUK and MongoFR in June.